Conte hails Chelsea star after comfortable FA Cup progression

Conte hails Chelsea star after comfortable FA Cup progression”

The Belgian's goals could not have been better timed with reports suggesting that Chelsea are close to signing a striker ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline.

The Belgian side would want Mitrovic on loan with an option to buy.

But the 24-year-old is unsure whether his double will be enough to keep him in manager Antonio Conte's plans for the rest of the season.

Although Batshuayi seldom gets game-time in the Premier League, he remains the Italian's go-to man in the FA Cup, with no Chelsea player having scored more in the competition under Conte.

Michy Batshuayi broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark after Marcos Alonso made a galloping run on the left wing to setup the Belgian global, who had space to squeeze his shot in the top centre of the goals, 1-0.

Speaking about Fabregas at his pre-match news conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon, Conte said: "Fabregas trained today with us, and tomorrow [Saturday] I will check his physical condition".

Good to be back on winning ways!

The Magpies head to Stamford Bridge for a fourth round tie on Sunday to face a team still smarting from their midweek league Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Arsenal.

"It was decent in the end", Cahill told BT Sport.

"When they're in a team that has to fight for every single ball, like when we were at Manchester City, it's even more important to do two or three things well. I have confidence that before the 31st, we will bring someone else".

"After the first 10-15 minutes we got on with it".

At least there was a touch of refinement about the build-up to the first goal and, especially, the curling through ball Pedro put behind Newcastle's defence to leave Eden Hazard with the chance to take on Chancel Mbemba.

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